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Specialist Family Violence Practitioner

  • Work with TaskForce and Family Life – leaders in their respective fields
  • Make a difference in the AOD sector in responding to family violence
  • Permanent part-time role (4 days per week)

About the Host Organisations:

TaskForce will host, resource and manage a Specialist Family Violence (FV) Practitioner. Established in 1973, TaskForce is a not-for-profit organisation providing community programs and services to those most in need. We focus on social issues of addiction, youth disengagement, unemployment, mental health and high risk taking behaviours.

TaskForce delivers its services and programs through three connected areas of activity:

  • Specialist alcohol and drug & family services: working with people and their families to get the help they need and rebuild their lives
  • Youth engagement: programs helping at-risk young people stay in school, get training, and find employment
  • Specialist training: Building marginalised community members as well as professionals’ skills as a Learn Local and Registered Training Organisation

Family Life is a leading provider of family services throughout Melbourne. The organisation is renowned for its innovation, impact and whole-of-community approach. With strong local networks, and extensive experience in supporting complex, vulnerable families through therapeutic practices, Family Life is able to support the rapid and effective implementation of the project. Family Life have run Family Violence services for over 20 years and continue to deliver Men's Behaviour Change, Women's and Children's Counselling and other therapeutic and case management responses for people impacted upon by Family Violence. Family Life are part of the Bayside Peninsula Support and Safety Hub which reflects reform to Family Violence response and intake services. Family Life was recognised for innovation as one of the top ten Australian not-for-profits (2016).

About the CMCOP Program:

Court Mandated Counselling Order Programs (CMCOP) will be delivered in a Family Life led partnership with TaskForce and integrated within Family Life & TaskForce’s broader suite of Family Violence Services. The program is due to commence in January 2020.

CMCOP provides Men’s Behaviour Change Intervention Programs, through 20-week group or individual sessions to men who have perpetrated violence. The program will work with men who have been directed to attend by the Magistrates Court Victoria. Men will either directly enter a MBCP rolling group format following an intake at the court or they will undertake pre-group readiness through individual sessions. Men with high complexity may be scheduled for a closed group.

The aim of the program is to help men gain awareness and insight into the impact of their violence and work towards behaviour change, ultimately working towards keeping women and children safer in our community. A holistic, wraparound service approach will be taken with TaskForce specialisation to enable a primary focus of AOD and dual diagnosis interventions.

About the position:

The Specialist Family Violence Practitioner provides intensive, innovative and holistic interventions to men, who have perpetrated or experienced family violence. The position will be based at Family Life sites in Sandringham and Frankston.

To be successful in this role, you will have the following:

  • Bachelor Degree in Social Work, Counselling, Psychology, or a relevant field, and/or with specialisation in Male Family Violence
  • Working knowledge of the complexities of family violence
  • Experience co-facilitating Men’s Behaviour Change Programs and providing Family Safety Contact Work
  • Demonstrated experience with separation, Family Law, mental health, sexual abuse, alcohol and other drugs and family violence issues
  • Demonstrated clinical experience working with multidisciplinary teams to provide a high level of performance and innovation, preferably relating to Family Relationship/Family Support areas
  • Demonstrated ability undertaking assessments and working effectively with parents, individually and in small groups, who have experienced high levels of conflict

Why work for us?

In exchange, we will offer you flexible work arrangements and salary packaging. We also offer an Employee Assistance Program, training and professional development opportunities and the chance to be part of a supportive, flexible and inclusive team.

A position description is attached.

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